January 1, 2017 Subject:
to the non believers out there
I had to laugh at the reviews of this old but wonderful machine! as a child of 7 and we're talking back in 1959 my mother brought one of these home, yes she bought it used even back then. I was 7 but it was my Saturday job to do a lot of the ironing, I hated it. but quickly learned how to use the ironrite. it made things so much easier and I of those of you that think it's dangerous, try giving a little 7 year old a heavy hot iron! this was easier and I didn't end up with burns like I did with the regular iron. I got very good at it and ended up doing all the ironing and back then there was no such thing as "permanent press" with 6 kids in the house that's a lot of ironing. I grew up and permanent press came into our lives and we did very little ironing. years after I left home my mom decided it was time to get rid of the ironer, and I had a fit and took it. have to admit it wasn't used a lot over the years, but to stretch a tee shirt or do table clothes. but at 63 now I'm using it again and loving it, I've got bad knees and bad back so just being able to set down to iron stuff is wonderful. and I still love being able to stretch a knit shirt in it. and for those of us that still like our jeans pressed with that nice seam down the front it's great. Main reason it didn't get used much over the years was it is so large I never had a place that it wasn't in the way so it never really fit anywhere and was always too much trouble to dig it out. for a quick simple ironing job, but just built a new laundry room and I added a space for it to fit so it's easy to get to now and it's getting used a lot. I have to say I just wish other appliances were built as well as this one was. in 56 years it's never had a problem other then having to replace a light blub in the switch so you know it's on and several roller covers have come and gone, oh and the electrical cord was replaced after dog chewed into it. but since we bought it used 56 years ago it's never been serviced or broken down and works like a dream to this day. I'd go to battle with anyone that tried to take my ironrite!
We bought and old house and there is an Ironrite in the basement. We have converted the home to a B&B and I am trying to get it running so I can actually use it. My husband is handy and he has been tinkering with it for just one evening. The problem seems to be with the right pedal engaging. If we push down on the roller so that it touches the shoe it rolls by itself. Any suggestions from owners and users? I'm so excited to have this! Today there is a modern version under the brand name Miele. The reason most have not heard of it is because most people don't iron their permanent press clothes. And, most don't care what they look like anymore. I hate how sloppy and casual our society has become.
December 5, 2011 Subject:
If You Iron Sheets
If you refuse to sleep on wrinkled so called "permanent press" sheets and pillie cases (like me) this is an indispensible machine. Shirts (dress or tee) and pants do come out great and aint hard to do either. You will need a large place to put the contraption though and remember that these machines - old as they are today - may leak oil so you gotta look over the thing and wipe it down before you start to use it. Heat + Dripped oil will make the clothes smell like a machine shop. Another thing, that thermostat will heat that shoe way hotter than any of todays irons ever get...so spray em down good, start low and work up. Great machine from the day when lookin neat was important to folks.
March 20, 2010 Subject:
Ironing made easy
Note to Speeds78: as a gay man, I've never even heard of this machine. Supposedly it makes ironing easy and fast. From the looks of it, it makes ironing complicated. It claims you can iron a shirt in 4 minutes versus 12 minutes with an iron. TWELVE minutes for a single shirt???
There must be a reason why I doubt more than 1 in a hundred ever heard of this product.
January 14, 2008 Subject:
Gee,Grandma, Thats Not A Bed Time Story!
Grandma Rode An Ironrite,She Said It Warmed Her Thigh's,It Made Her Short & Curlies Perm,Was Loved By All The Guys! But One Day She Went Swimming, Then She Fell Down On Her Tush, And All Thats Left Of Grandma Now.... Is One Exploded Bush!
June 6, 2007 Subject:
A Satisfied Ironrite User
Unless you have a B&B and use one of these regularly, it may seem like a feminist's nightmare. I watch DVDs from Netflix while I use the Ironrite and I really appreciate how much faster and easier the Ironrite is than ironing things by hand (as I did for two years). It is also much cheaper than sending the sheets out - over $20 per set. With high count cotton sheets, this is the best way to be sure they are smooth and luxurious as they should be. It works great on my linen and cotton dresses too.
The film is dated, of course, but the fact is ironing is easier with the Ironrite, and for those of us who must iron, the machine does make life much easier.
September 2, 2006 Subject:
Arm-Hole Seams and Knee Controls
"A shirt that's IRONedRITE is one of life's greatest satisfactions."
Sorry, you lost me at Arm-Hole Seam. Tries to sell and instruct, but fails at both. "Looks simple, and IS simple" my ass. It's interesting to hear from the housewives and gay men who have encountered these, as it's surely an antique relic, but as a relatively young lad I've never heard of this machine. It's no wonder why not. I'm sure only a few unfortunate suckers were ever sold on it, and they're probably now short a digit or two.
April 28, 2005 Subject:
My Dear Ironrite
This has to be one of the most comical films I have seen/heard. Just the narriator is a complete hoot. It did teach me how to use a mangle to its fullest!
April 15, 2005 Subject:
OMG! I can't wait!
I have my grandmother's Ironrite, and I can't wait to try it out! My life will surely be changed! Seriously, though, if I do get it running again, it has GOT to be easier to iron table cloths and fabric (for sewing) than using an ironing board. This fabulous Forties marketing film may actually help me figure it out.
January 23, 2005 Subject:
The title is sheer poetry. No comment on the film.
January 10, 2005 Subject:
Iron your way to a better you!
While everything that the other reviewers say may be true, there are some of us out there who think that the Ironrite *IS* the answer to their dreams, and can't imagine why every household doesn't have one. You'd have to have a laundry fetish to understand, I suppose, but I convinced friends of mine to drag an Ironrite I found in Council Bluff, IA more that 600 miles to Madison, Wisconsin and set it up in my basement. My partner suspected I was insane--that was, until he saw this film, and then he KNEW I was insane (and happily so)! As someone who feels slightly, ahem, disenchanted with the current state of the things here in the US, it's nice to know that, according to this film, I can be more attractive, a better American, and even a better wife and mother (not bad for a childless gay man) SIMPLY BY IRONING! -An end to drudgery indeed!
February 28, 2004 Subject:
Don't throw away that iron just yet
Everywoman 1946 housewife ÂMary JonesÂ demonstrates the ÂIronriteÂ ironer. WeÂre told the postwar American womanÂs Âjob is to make a home the American home.Â An important part of this ÂjobÂ is being a consumerÂand buying an Ironrite ironer, Âwhich annihilates ironing drudgery.Â The rest of the film is spent demonstrating how this dangerous contraption works. ItÂs similar to the kind of pressers that professional cleaners use, and we see Mary using it to press shirts, skirts and dresses. She works with complete concentration, undisturbed by crying children, ringing doorbells, husbands expecting dinner or any of the constant interruptions that make doing housework so draining. This type of gadget works in a laundry where a person sits at it all day with nothing else to do, but itÂs useless in a regular house. And it would be an overwhelming temptation to devious children. ItÂs easy to imagine them deciding to iron their younger siblingÂs clothesÂwith the child still in them. ThatÂs if it hasnÂt overheated and burned the house down first. And no doubt, the hapless postwar couples who bought this overpriced machine paid for it on the installment plan. As in almost all of these sales films, an overbearing male announcer trumpets the Ironrite as an end to domestic Âdrudgery.Â The only way to end domestic drudgery is to hire someone else to do it.
November 1, 2003 Subject:
Susanne Somers take note.
Mary Jones has it all, a husband, a hermaphrodite kid (I guess it's a girl, when she sees her off, the kid is wearing ribbons in her hair but dungarees and a long sleeve shirt) a lovely house with frilly windows in the kitchen, and of course, the 250 pound Ironrite that sits in the middle of her living room. These contraptions in this film were made to make ironing easier.. No wait! It was made so that you would WANT to do ironing! The machine, which looks hopelessly dangerous and complicated operated by pressing on levers with your thighs (!!) and letting the rollers press the clothes in the proccess (watch those fingers!) Why it's so easy, you can do it blindfolded! (yes, that is shown). An amazing contraptual film, nice color and totally insane. Highly reccomended viewing!